Northington

History in the News: 50th Anniversary of the Integration of UK & SEC Football

History Advocate for the Kentucky Historical Society, Stuart Sanders, gives us a brief glimpse into the significance of the 50th anniversary of the integration of the SEC.

11/24/17

Governor Edward T. Breathitt and Civil Rights in Kentucky

Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt served as Kentucky’s governor from 1963 – 1967. Among his contributions to civil rights in Kentucky were his efforts in the passage of the 1966 Kentucky Civil Rights Act, which banned discrimination in public accommodations and employment. Breathitt also worked alongside UK president John Oswald in recruiting Nathaniel Northington.

In this audio clip, Gov. Breathitt talks about civil rights legislation in Kentucky and also his role in working with the University of Kentucky to recruit Nathaniel Northington.

 

(The interview is part of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project, Kentucky Oral History Commission, Kentucky Historical Society: http://passtheword.ky.gov/collection/civil-rights-movement-kentucky-oral-history-project)

11/24/17

A Historic Meeting – Kentucky vs. Mississippi – September 30, 1967

September 30, 1967 marks the 50th anniversary of the first integrated football game in the SEC between the University of Kentucky and the University of Mississippi. Following the tragic death of Greg Page on September 29, Nathaniel Northington became the first African American player to play in an SEC football game.

UK Team Photo Featured in UK-Ole Miss Program, September 30, 1967. University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center

UK Team Photo Featured in UK-Miss Program, September 30, 1967.
University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Individual player photos included in the UK-Ole Miss football game program, September 30, 1967. University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Individual player photos included in the UK-Ole Miss football game program, September 30, 1967.
University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Cover of UK-Miss Football Game, September 30, 1967. University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Cover of UK-Miss Football Game, September 30, 1967.
University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center

11/24/17

Charles Bradshaw, UK Football Coach

Charles Bradshaw, head coach of the University of Kentucky football team from 1962 to 1968. Bradshaw played a role in signing the first African American players, Nathaniel Northington and Greg Page, to UK’s football team.

Head UK football coach Charles Bradshaw. University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Head UK football coach Charles Bradshaw.
University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

11/24/17

Nate Northington Signs with UK

Nathaniel “Nate” Northington signs with the University of Kentucky at the president’s office in Lexington, 1965. Standing behind Northington are (L to R) Kentucky governor Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt, UK football coach Charles Bradshaw, Thomas Jefferson High School football coach Jim Gray, and University of Kentucky president John W. Oswald. Courtesy of University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

11/24/17